Are you getting enough sleep? One-third of you are not

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We’ve pointed to the health benefit of sufficient sleep in the past but our cultural trajectory appears to be heading in the opposite direction:

More than one-third of Americans routinely sleep fewer than seven hours a night, which affects their concentration and general health, new government research shows.

Insufficient sleep also impairs work performance and the ability to drive safely, found researchers for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which published two sleep studies March 4 in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“Over the last 20 years there has been a decline in overall sleep duration in adults,” said lead author of one report, Lela McKnight-Eily, a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention.

Changing lifestyle habits, including longer workdays and late nights on the computer, have pared away much-needed sleep time, she noted. “Within our culture there seems to be a belief that sleep isn’t a part of overall essential health,” she said.

Some time ago I wrote this post:  Here’s what you can do to ensure you’re not among the one-in-three with bags under their eyes. Unfortunately I have the toughest time following my own advice.  There’s always a project I’m working on, whether for work or home, that keeps me going late at night.


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